A Rainbow Birthday Party Without Food Dyes

A while ago I posted about these great cupcakes that my friend had made for her son’s birthday.  She had made the caterpillar from the Eric Carle book and used mint leaves and strawberries for the colors.  Well, the minion recently celebrated her first birthday and we had a rainbow themed party.  This created a few hurdles where the food was concerned.  I wanted to have rainbow snacks with no food dyes.

We ended up going with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies and some blue corn chips.  We also threw in some humus for good measure.

Red – cherry tomatoes

Orange – baby carrots

Yellow – pineapple chunks

Green – bell pepper slices (the last of the pepper harvest from our garden)

Blue – blue corn chips

Violet – purple grapes

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We didn’t want the minion stuffing her face with a really sugary and unhealthy cake so we made her a watermelon cake.  It was a small watermelon that the hero cut into a circular cake shape with a dip on the top that I filled with organic yogurt and decorated with fruit.   We also did lemon cupcakes for everyone else with the same fruits on them.

Red – watermelon

Orange – mango

Yellow – pineapple

Green – kiwi

Blue – blueberries (that my grandmother had frozen from her harvest this summer because she’s awesome)

Violet – beautyberries (that I foraged without knowing what I was going to do with them)

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We had an amazing time and the minion loved seeing her friends and family, tearing the wrapping paper, and messing up her cute birthday outfit with yogurt!

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Garland

The hero has officially given me permission to start planning the minion’s first birthday party.  I’ve been unofficially planning since before she was born.  Anyways, we decided on a rainbow theme.  Ok, I decided, but the hero approved and the minion doesn’t know what’s going on anyways.  I have been wanting some reusable party decorations so I don’t have to waste streamers and balloons for every party, so I decided to make some garland.  I figure rainbow colors can be used for pretty much anything festive.

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I made two, they are both about 10 feet long.  I need to look around our house at where I plan to put them most often and make sure that’s a good size.

My mom and I do a lot of crafts using felted sweaters and we have a lot of scraps.  On a side note the pavlovinator loves to curl up in our scraps.  Basically I just took various shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple and stitched them together using the sewing machine.  The shapes are rough rectangles just hand cut and they are overlapped a bit so the stitching holds better.  I did have to go back and redo a few of the overlaps that didn’t quite catch.  Then I did another line of stitching in a thin zigzag to make it a bit more sturdy.  That’s it.  It would be pretty easy to add more or cut off some if needed.  You could also do a similar thing with circles of fabric, stars, or other shapes.